Iksvy art is an initiative focused on supporting the arts in Eastern Europe through interdisciplinary art projects.
This project is designed to create a curatorial round table and collectively journal to get to know each other and ourselves. Every week one participant will ask their questions to delve into each other’s thoughts and create a form of conversation that we all listen to instead of forcing someone to accept/understand our perception.
On the 30th of May, Cooltsalon and co-curator iksvy art united several cities in Cooltzine vol.3; Changes. Participating cities this year included Sofia, Belgrade, Novi Sad, London, Vienna, Berlin and Paris with speakers joining relevant panel discussions, but without hosting venues due to reformatting of the event as purely digital, in line with the health and safety regulations surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the pandemic, iksvy art gave weekly curatorial sessions via Skype with international artists, curators, organizers, and anyone in the creative industries. Discussions ranged from portfolio/CV reviews, to brainstorming about current projects and other miscellaneous topics.
In partnership with Residency No.7 in Istanbul, iksvy art was entrusted with choosing an artist to be the last artist-in-residence in No.7, and to explore gentrification through art. For this one-time project, we have chosen Clément Bedel, an artist currently based in Belgrade.
Montemero Art Residency is a collaborative project, curated/organized by iksvy art and hosted by Finca Montemero on the east coast of Spain. We are dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. We believe that the experience of living and creating in a different context has to be facilitated through collaboration and exchange.
At the recommendation of art consultant and gallerist, Umit Iyem, iksvy art was invited to take part in the 29th Istanbul Art Fair to represent a selection of artists based in Eastern European countries.